Changing with the Season – Moroccan rugs

Spring is just around the corner.  Believe it or not, meteorological Spring starts this Tuesday, 1st March!  The quality of light is already changing, the down side being that it reveals all the dusty corners you couldn’t see in Winter!  Spring is probably the season when people feel most inspired to change the look of their interiors; saying goodbye to Winter and welcoming in the sunshine and longer days.  Interchangeable accessories are an easy and relatively inexpensive to instantly update the look of your space, and what better way to do this than by changing your rug.  Buying a statement piece rug will instantly change the look and feel of a room, as this will become a focal point to draw the eye.  During the Winter I’ve loved sinking my feet into my thick, soft Beni Ouarain rug next to the sofa, but Spring ushers in the idea of adding something perhaps more simple, adding colour and interest.  You may want to think about changing for a shorter pile rug with splashes of colour such as a quirky Vintage Ourika Valley rug,  a flat weave Vintage Kilim, or a Boucherouite with a riot of colour.  Check out our online collection, but if you don’t see something you like, please get in touch.  We have a huge range of rugs available to us in Marrakech.  We would love to hear from you!  info@marbleandmint.co.uk

Custom made New Beni Ouarain rugs

Beni Ouarain rugs continue to be a favourite of interior designers around the world. With their simplistic designs and timeless appeal they continue to be a much sought after addition to contemporary homes. Unfortunately this has resulted in good quality vintage Beni rugs becoming increasingly difficult to source and therefore very expensive! Did you know that new Beni Ouarain rugs can be made to your own specification (size and design) in the finest quality sheep’s wool? New Beni Ouarain Marble and Mint are pleased to be able to offer this service to clients, with a lead time of only approximately 4 weeks. If you would like to commission a custom made rug or would like a quotation, please email us at info@marbleandmint.co.uk and we will be happy to help

From the floor to the walls and the sofa……styling with Moroccan rugs

Rugs don’t have to be just for the floor.  We’ve seen some fantastic inspirations recently for using rugs as a cosy covers on sofas, throws on beds and colourful vintage Kilims and Boucherouite rugs as wall hangings.  This weekend we experimented with the idea of using Moroccan rugs on the sofa.  Beni Ouarain rugs certainly came out on top for achieving that cosy ‘log cabin by the fire’ kind of look.  As you can see, it looks very tempting to snuggle into!  One drawback of using a Beni Ouarain in this way is, of course, that they are very fluffy rugs, so if you do go for this style idea, don’t be tempted to sit down if you’re wearing anything black!   Fab look though.  We found a similar inspiration in this month’s Living etc. magazine, using a soft, thick, deep pile rug across the end of a bed, adding texture and a touch of luxury.  We love this too. Photo courtesy of Living etc. magazine The idea of using textiles as wall hangings is obviously now a new one.  People have been doing this for centuries with tapestries.  Using a colourful rag rug (Boucherouite) as a backdrop to a bed, for example, gives this idea  contemporary twist.  Photo courtesy of Apartment TherapyThese colourful Moroccan rugs really shout on their own though, so be careful to keep the rest of the scheme simple and neutral.  Most of them are quite heavy, so a proper job needs to be done with securing them to a wall with batons.  Well worth the effort though! (Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy).

Moroccan Boucherouite (Rag) Rugs

 

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The name ‘Boucherouite’ is from the Moroccan Arabic ‘bu sherwit’ which means a ‘scrap’ torn from a piece of clothing.  These colourful, hand loomed rag rugs, originating from the plains of Morocco, are made up from hundreds of scraps of household textiles including cotton, nylon, lurex and wool.  Their production started in the 1960’s and 1970’s when wool was becoming scarcer for the production of carpets for domestic use, and so it was necessary to find replacement materials.  Each of these brightly coloured rugs, with their abstract designs, is completely unique, a tribal work of art.  Extremely versatile in the contemporary home, Boucherouite are best displayed against a simple, uncluttered neutral backdrop, where their design and colour can really shout out.

 

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Perfect for a child’s room, not only because of their interesting colour combinations, but also because they are completely washable!

New stock of Boucherouite rugs arriving soon! Don’t forget to follow us on our Facebook page for updates.  vintage boucherouite

Pantone Colours of the Year 2016

Pantone have chosen two shades for 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity…..SwatchesI’m always drawn to pastel shades when choosing rugs, Beni Sadden3and so it’s no surprise that our current collection has quite a few rugs with these colours!  Vintage Boucherouite from Beni Sadden (left) and (centre) Vintage Kilim Boucherouite 06 stripe kilim5

Marble and Mint in the UAE

For all our followers in the UAE, we will be at the Ripe Market in Abu Dhabi on Friday, 11th March.  This is held at The Collection, at the beautiful St. Regis resort on Saadiyat Island.  We will also be at the same market at Dubai’s Zabeel Park on Friday, 18th March.

We’ll have lots of gorgeous rugs and Moroccan textiles on display and to buy.   If you would like any more information about our stock in Dubai, please contact us at info@marbleandmint.co.uk

BENI OUARAIN IN THE BATHROOM…

Featured in the latest Arhcitectural Digest is the Californian residence of Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian.  Check out their luxurious master bathroom with a sumptuously soft Beni Ouarain rug.  We did photograph one of our new Beni Ouarain with a vintage bathtub at our recent photoshoot…. this bathroom is just slightly more polished!  With their soft, deep pile, they are just the perfect rug to step out of the bath on to.  See the rest of the Kardashian’s home here http://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/kourtney-khloe-kardashian-house-tour